The Pain in Spain

Contributor: Taylor Dibbert

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Everybody is talking about the economy. He knows that’s a big deal. When things are bad, English classes are one of the first things to go. He is underpaid, underworked and will be on a plane to the US soon unless he can find some new friends with children and deep pockets.

He’s not sure if he even cares. He lives in the heart of Madrid, right next to the Plaza Mayor. He knows a lot of people, but he knows few people well. That first conversation, first copa, first kiss is always easy.

He’s looking for something more.

He knows that what happened in Barcelona wasn’t real. He knows that that was part of the deal and yet he wishes there was more to it.

He will finish after lunch tomorrow. From there he will go straight to El Prado. He knows which ones she likes.

Besides, stranger things have happened.

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Taylor Dibbert has been published in Slow Trains Literary Journal, Foreign Policy Journal, Foreign Policy in Focus and elsewhere. He is a columnist for International Policy Digest and the author of the book Fiesta of Sunset: The Peace Corps, Guatemala and a Search for Truth.
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